Teaching the West in the Civil War Era by Stacey L. Smith

Most courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction venture only briefly into the American West. Textbooks and lectures often dispense quickly with the region. They make fleeting forays into the Kansas and Missouri border wars, or the military conflict over… Continue Reading Teaching the West in the Civil War Era by Stacey L. Smith

Mercy Street’s Season Two Premiere: Radical Medical Procedures, Rebel Spies, ‘That’ Pinkerton, and the Plight of the Contrabands by Glenn David Brasher

Season one of PBS’s Civil War hospital drama, Mercy Street, took historical accuracy seriously, often reflecting recent historiography. Even its annoyingly inaccurate storyline involving John Wilkes Booth’s plot to blow up the hospital during a Lincoln visit was loosely based… Continue Reading Mercy Street’s Season Two Premiere: Radical Medical Procedures, Rebel Spies, ‘That’ Pinkerton, and the Plight of the Contrabands by Glenn David Brasher

Announcement of the 2017 Bobbie and John Nau Book Prize in American Civil War Era History

The John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia invites nominations for the second Bobbie and John Nau Book Prize in American Civil War Era History. Titles published in 2016 will be eligible. The… Continue Reading Announcement of the 2017 Bobbie and John Nau Book Prize in American Civil War Era History